The Scions of Damara

S03E05 - Beautiful Helgabal - Part 2

the death of Solnarus Silverlight

While visiting with Solnarus, the initial meeting was as you thought it would. Over the course of lunch you can tell that he is, well, off. He talks about everything going to crap around the city and that he can’t remember anything before the Fall of Szith Morcane in the Underdark. Except for vague memories. Everything is a blur. Since getting home, even Lathander seems quieter in his prayers.

Perrin -
Some things do seem strange. Yes! Strange things are afoot at the circle K.. LOL ok I don’t say that last part. lol Why are the Giants and Humanoids attacking. What is there plan? And why is the Keep closed by the King the first 2 days of a tenday. Is it coincide with some moon cycle or something else. Something must be puzzling the gods for there to be less contact.

DM -
Solnarus ins’t sure what has the Giants organized and running rampant across the country side. He does know that King Reagent Rea is dragging his feet with responding in a timely manner. since he took over he has shut things down to indulge himself of his position. He is really no better than the previous King, Whom the only thing he ever did was that was honorable was engage the drow during the War of Everlasting Darkness. Solarus tells you that he plans to commune with Lathander later that day and that he would feel more comfortable if Perrin would be with him for support.

Perrin -
Yes I will stay there and help out however I can. Have I noticed the same thing with my god?
Perrin has experience no disconnect from his god.

DM -
Later on you are standing in the makeshift temple of Lathander that Solnarus has established. He sets the inscents burning and stokes a fire in the brazier he has consecrated to Lathander. He begins the ceremony and the chants of communion. The rectory begins to heat up to an almost uncomfortable level. Solnarus’s back is to Perrin and his chanting comes to a crescendo. Arms out and head back you can hear him say “What? I don’t understand. I am your faithful servant!” Perrin audibly hears and feels the divine manifest in the small temple it says an the air thrums with power. “No, YOU ARE BUT AN ECHO!” Fire leaps from Solarus’s eyes and mouth and his body slumps forward face down next to the brazier and the hall falls silent.

Perrin -
Sol, Are you there? Are you ok? Slowly walk up to see.

Dm -
Approaching, the air is heavy with the smell of burn meat, you can see Solarus’s hair has lengthened a bit and turned stark white. He is not moving.

Perrin -
Rush up and check he is alive and try to tend to him. Try to wake him.
his hair has lengthened, sry

Cure spell if needed

HAs he aged somehow?

DM -
rolling him over, you can see that his eyes are burnt completely out of their sockets. However that is not the most disturbing thing. He is a she, and she was drow. The body has changed from head to toe.

Perrin -
What!?!?!?!

Dm -
wondered how you might respond to that

Perrin -
Like a dow female changed spots with him? Or he changed into somehow? Why would Lethander do that or let that happen to a faithfull servant?

I ask that out loud

DM –
it appears that the body changed.

Perrin -
You said eyes burnt out. Is that body blind?

Is SHE responding? Asking questions to see if Sol’s mind is there and if it is really him or a whole different person.

DM -
the presence of Lathander is gone also, so not response from the chapel
Burnt out, yes blind. Also deceased.

Perrin -
Well then I don’t believe it is him that changed I wonder if somehow he was taken. I have no proof it is him then unless there is some body scar or tatoo

Can that person be revived and regenerate casted to regen the eyes?

It is an evil drow so I am weary about the evil but I need answers

I cant figure out what is ment by your an echo

Dm -
You can try a raise dead, if you would like.

Perrin -
Its a clue but I don’t know what that means

I wouldn’t have that prepared or the regen. I would also like to get Silanna to help if possible otherwise I will have to wait a day to get the spells

If I can find someone nearby to give some coin to run to get Silanna

DM -
ok no prob

Perrin -
Well don’t know how to let him know what happened but I will and ask for his help if he has revive Only way to get answers if we can ask that person. even though it is a drow and I don’t have a reason to trust it

DM -
Would you have raise dead as your daily list of spells?

Silanna -
Lemme check
Yes, it’s a daily

DM -
Perrin has a small problem…

Silanna -
I’d be more than willing to assist

DM -
An errand boy was sent to fetch you.

Silanna -
Haha, ok, i’ll rush over. Am I still with the dwarf in the inn? If so I ask him to come as backup

DM –
You end up at makeshift temple to lathander (perrin’s brothers diety) and inside is Perrin leaning over a dead drow that has her eye sockets burnt out.

Silanna -
holy FUCK, ok.
I get to work.
I ask what happened, but I won’t press for answers too much.

DM -
Basically he tells you that S he visited his brother and his brother had problems communing with his God so he did a ceremony to commune with the deity and the result of that was that his head foot back his eyes burned out and he turned into a female drow

he says that before his eyes were burnt out that his brother said that he didn’t understand what was going on and then he heard the voice of is God audibly and it said you are but an echo and then after that that’s when his eyes got burnt out and he changed into that female form

Now he’d like to attempt a raise dead to try and get some answers

Silanna -
Does any of that make any sense to me?
or does it sound just that crazy?

I’ll raise dead

DM –
Not really. You know that Solnarus, his bro was a high level cleric of lathander, A diety of good, but beyond that. It sounds about a crazy as it does. Perrin is fully truthful and doesnt seem to be decieving or influenced in any way.

Silanna -
I’ll get to work.

DM –
You begin the raise dead cermony, and like at the Ford of Goliad the response is sluggish at first then out right fails. Either something is preventing the soul from returning or it doesn’t wish to return.

Silanna -
Can I do a detect magic to see if there is anything of power on our near the body that could cause this?

DM -
The only thing you detect is the residual energy from the ceremony described to you.

Silanna -
ok. I ask Perrin if his brother was well just before this, and in good spirits.
What was he asking of his diety, or going to ask his diety just before this?

DM -
His brother coukd only vaguely remember details before going into the underdark months ago and was concerned because his god wasnt as strong with him anymore and his power seemed to be waning. His intent was to commune with lathander and find out why his abilities where waning while he felt strong in his faith.

Silanna -
Is his holy symbol there?

Dm -
Yes

Silanna -
I want to try to commune with Helm for guidance. I also ask why his brother was in the under dark. I don’t think it’s coincidence that his brother is a dead drow, his power was waning since his trip to the under dark

Dm -
He was in the underdark as part of a strike force during a recent war with the drow. Helm tells you that the soul of Solnarus Silverlight has resided in realm of lathander for several months enjoying the rewards of a life of piety in the service of his patron.

Silanna -
I think we should take his brother to a temple of his brother’s diety if I don’t get anywhere.

whoa, yet he JUST died? With Perrin watching?

I relay to Perrin what Helm has told me

DM -
There is no other temple in the area. Lathander is returned diety, much the same as Helm.

Silanna -
There’s no wonder why he doesn’t want to return. When did the strike force return from the under dark?

Evil is afoot

Dm -
I think three months prior. It was comprised of Solnarus, Davos, Carric, and Kastor.

They were responsible for the destruction of a drow city among other exploits that you can info about. All are regarded as heros of the land. Well, except for Kastor now. He’s wanted for murder.

Perrin -
ok I will have to ponder all that lol. So that’s what was ment by it was an echo. My brother has been with his deity for several months

lol. More mysteries. I am saddened he is gone but glad he is with his god and happy. Now why is this drow in his echo’s place and why cant she be revived. hmmm

Silanna –
I can try to cast ‘speak with dead’ on the corpse if you’d like to know more about what happened to your brother? I’d have to cast it the next day after the raise dead failed

Perrin –
That person obviously doesn’t want to come back that’s why the revive didn’t work but hopefully we can get some idea of who she is and what was the last thing they remember. Try to figure out why that happened. I am saddened that my brother is gone.

Silanna –
I’m sorry, Perrin, this wasn’t your brother it seems…..but an imposter. Your brother seems to likely have died in the underdark, or shortly after returning triumphantly around 3 months ago.

We should base our 5 questions on these revelations.

Perrin –
We dont have his body to do a raise dead anyway we have this person. So the raise dead would be for this person i thought. Yes it is good to know he is happy and being rewarded. I dont know the time frame of how long it has been since we left the underdark and I never died down there so dont know how i would have been switched. That would tell us if i died down in the underdark. Still speak with dead on this person might reveal some answers.

DM –
Questions answered -

  • Who are you: I was Baltana Eilservs of House Eilservs, First House of Erelhei-Cinlu High Priestess of Lolth.
  • What was she doing last: Communing with a god that was not her’s.
  • How she died: Lathander took the fragment from me and purified it.
  • What is meant by a fragment: Lathander purified the fragment that was left of Solnarus
  • Was Lethandar helping her or did she seek out Lethandar: Lathander did not aid me, he punished me.

Perrin -
I wanted to talk to my brothers followers of Lethandar and use my charisma and encourage them and inspire them to keep following Lethandar and keep the faith and trust he will guide them and not to forget the teachings and the name of Solnarus. I will tell them I think that’s what I think my brother would want. I will try to organized then in who is next in line to lead their church even though I am not a follower of Lethandar.

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